(in)finite: a Canadian Textile Exhibition

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A detail of Creation by Paul Krampitz; part of the Common Threads Indigo Quilts at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver. Photo: Martin Knowles

(in)finite: exploring the finite limitations of humanity
and the ineffable, infinite nature of the Divine.
A Canadian Textile Exhibition
May 25 to June 4, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, BC

Call for entry

(in)finite: An exhibition inviting submissions of artwork of a spiritual nature from artists working predominantly in textile and fibre media, including perspectives from First Nations artists and a range of faith traditions.

There is something particularly powerful in the use of textiles in sacred practice – whether for personal devotion, to decorate sacred space, or to enhance worship. Textiles connect with us directly because the materiality of the cloth itself is so accessible – we all are in contact with cloth from the moment of our birth until our death. Textiles are portable, flexible, and can allow for movement, transparency, and reflection. Many textile processes are time consuming, and the creation of artwork for sacred purpose can be especially meditative. Many traditional natural dyes themselves have sacred, religious, or mystical associations.

Artists who work in textile and fibre media are encouraged to submit work designed for personal meditation, devotional use, community prayer, or public worship. Artworks that may be included in the exhibition include devotional wall-hangings, mandalas, liturgical textiles, prayer flags, banners, ceremonial robes or vestments, prayer rugs – or any other work, or the process of making of that work, that connects the artist to their understanding of the divine.

An exhibition space will be created in the chancel of Christ Church Cathedral to allow for approximately 40 works of various sizes. While most of the exhibition space will allow for wall mounted pieces, there will be some space for 3 dimensional works or works that can be displayed on a mannequin.

Exhibition Timeline

Exhibition Dates: May 25 to June 4, 2017
Call-For-Entry available: September 2016
Submission Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017
Artists Notified by: Early March, 2017

Work selected for exhibition to be received at the exhibition venue no later than Friday, May 12, 2017. Work will be return as soon as possible following the close of the exhibition.

Curating Circle

Works for the exhibition will be selected by a Curating Circle from submissions received. In addition to considering images of the artwork, this Circle will also review written material provided by the artists about the connection between their work and their spirituality. This is an opportunity for artists to begin a conversation with the Circle.

Meet the Curating Circle.

Behind the Exhibition

Anglican Foundation of Canada

The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Anglican Foundation of Canada. To celebrate “60 Years of Generosity,” AFC will be unveiling a number of commemorative projects and initiatives throughout 2017. (in)finite will serve to highlight AFC’s generous support of the liturgical arts through its partnership with and stewardship of the Sacred Arts Trust.

Christ Church Anglican Cathedral

An inclusive and diverse community in downtown Vancouver with a motto “Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds” the Cathedral has a long history of professional and community based textile and fibre artists alongside a commitment to the visual and performing arts.

Two recent textile based community art projects are on permanent display.

  • Completed in 2014, the 26 Common Threads Indigo Quilts line the parish hall and corridors in the lower level. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the parish, the project engaged 125 artists and community members.
  • The Prayers of the Church Project resulted in a brand new permanent installation of 230 textile panels in the west alcove of the Cathedral. Using largely decommissioned liturgical and related textiles; these printed, stitched and embroidered panels will rotate to mark the seasons of the Church year. 70 members of the community actively participated in the project.

Both projects will be visible for view for the duration of (in)finite.

Exhibition Manager – Thomas Roach

Vancouver based textile and liturgical artist Thomas Roach is the Exhibition Manager for this project – imagining the project from call-for-entry to installation. Thomas holds a Textile Arts Diploma from Capilano University. His artwork is included in church and private collections and as part of exhibition tours from coast to coast. He co-led the Common Threads Indigo Quilt project, while The Prayers of the Church project is the result of his nine-month artist residency in 2016.

Eligibility

The exhibition is open to all Canadian resident artists and craftspeople working primarily in textile or fibre media, or using textile processes significantly in their work. Artwork must be shipped from and returned to a Canadian address.

Only artwork completed since January 2012 is eligible for submission. All work must be available for the entire exhibition period. All work must be original and solely the creation of the artist or artists.

While there is no size limitation per se, the majority of work must be wall-mountable and within 60” width due to exhibition space allowances. There is potential for limited exhibition space for free-standing 3D works and small 3D works. There is no allowance for installation work that needs to be suspended. All work must be shipped ready-to-hang with all appropriate hanging rods included.

Artists will be responsible for shipping artwork to the venue, reasonable return shipping will be paid by the exhibitor. Work will be insured while at the exhibition venue, but artists are responsible for insuring work while in transit both directions.

Submission

Artists are asked to submit bio, artist statement, and up to three images per artwork, three artworks maximum per artist. JPEG files only, maximum of 2MB per file.

Artwork must be photographed against white or light neutral backgrounds. One of the three submitted images must be of the complete work showing all edges including any frame or mounting. One detail image and either an installation image or a second detail image may be included. Send the best quality images possible in order to best represent your work.

Submission Form fillable pdf
Submission Form docx

Submission Fee: $40*
Please remit a cheque for $40 payable to:
Anglican Foundation of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2

*Submission fees may be waived in some cases, please contact Thomas for more information.

For more information please contact:
Thomas Roach, Exhibition Manager
infinite@anglicanfoundation.org